Fancy "ambient light" projector creates illusion of window overlooking trees

Brooklyn lighting designer/artist Adam Frank's Reveal product is a projector system to create a gauzy, ethereal effect of sunlight streaming through shadowy trees. This will be ideal for my underground lair and loaning out to the neighborhood haunted house on Halloween. The Reveal is $280 for halogen $320 for the LED model. It includes five different window slides and five different tree slides. From the product description:

A light breeze appears to move through trees in the cast image. REVEAL implies the presence of a real window by simulating sunlight entering through an imaginary window.

The image projected by REVEAL is unique and cannot be recreated by any other device. Multi-plane analog images create real depth of focus. Air currents through the projector create organic, non-repeating movement in the background.

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Dr. Phil is selling a tacky nightmare palace he owns

Dr. Phil (previously) is selling a $5.75 million L.A.-area house apparently occupied by his son. The interior must be seen to be believed; Adam best beautifully described it as an "NRA Cheesecake Factory" and that barely does it justice.

I do like the snakes bannister, though. Read the rest

Astonishing book tunnel entrance to bookstore

Chinese bookstore Yangzhou Zhongshuge has arguably the most breathtaking bookstore entrance in the world. Read the rest

Incredible 1960 time capsule apartment

Miles McDermott is a modern-day millennial hepcat from Phoenix who has set up the most impressive 1960-vintage pad I've seen outside of a soundstage. Read the rest

Designing airplane interiors to feel bigger than they are

A commercial airline is no Tardis ("bigger on the inside") but designers and engineers do use several techniques to reduce your claustrophobia in the sky.

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The Creative Cottage – Small spaces rehabilitated by adventurous homeowners with vision

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

The Creative Cottage

by Steve Gross and Susan Daley

Gibbs Smith

2016, 160 pages, 8.5 x 11 x 0.8 inches

$25 Buy a copy on Amazon

The Creative Cottage features 13 fabulous small abodes that house collections of many types. Each chapter highlights a cottage that has been rehabilitated by adventurous and artistic homeowners with vision. The cottages are art themselves, with thoughtful architecture, and they are filled with wonderful upcycled, found, and renovated components, both antique and modern blended together, feeling curated and purposeful as opposed to random and slap-dash. The creative souls behind them are artists, pickers, and normal folks too, who just needed someplace more special to live.

The text reads like a menu in a fancy restaurant, in which every ingredient has a special designation, treatment, and provenance. The painting from the lobby of an old theater in upstate New York. A salvaged stained-glass window. A zinc rain barrel holding antique canes. A soapstone sink from a high school lab. A red vinyl 1940s barbershop chair. Striped tea towels hung on a twig. A 1930s school locker sponge, painted to look like wood. A bed platform made from painted license plates and metal Alabama road signs. Sculptures fashioned from beaver-chewed wood.

Even if you’re not planning on renovating the shotgun shack on the back forty or the tiny abandoned building by the edge of the local harbor, the photographs are fun to look at. Finding each ingredient discussed within the accompanying photographs is like playing Where’s Waldo with 19th-century furniture and Barbershop ads from Nigeria. Read the rest

The carpets of CES, 2016 edition

CES attendee Kusmeroglu archived the beautiful carpets to be found at the convention centers, halls and hotel walkways over which the electronics show sprawls. [via Dean Putney]

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Vibrant wallpaper that's digitally printed on demand

Feathr produces digitally printed, on-demand wallpaper, and they even occasionally take submissions from interested artists through open calls and bespoke commissions. Read the rest

Taxidermy clearance sale

Every retailer has the right to lower prices to drive interest. Read the rest

Photos from Stasiland

Stasi -- Secret Rooms is a 10-year project by Daniel and Geo Fuchs, who took beautiful, striking photos of the stark interiors of the spaces used by the Stasi, the terrifying secret police from the former East Germany. Read the rest

Vortex illusion carpet

Excellent vortex illusion carpet in the video game department at Paris's Fnac La Défense entertainment retailer. Photo from Alex Korting's Flickr stream. (via Superpunch) Read the rest